When you have depression, life seems futile, and you see everything in a negative light. If you struggle with continual sadness and despair, visit Dr. Kristin Tubre at Tubre Psychological Services LLC in Zachary, Louisiana. Experienced clinical psychologist Dr. Tubre designs each patient’s treatment plan individually, using integrative, diverse methods to suit their specific situation. Call Tubre Psychological Services LLC or request an in-person or telehealth appointment online today to get the help you need to overcome depression.

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How do I know if I have depression?

If you have depression, your mood is persistently low, and nothing you do makes much difference. You become consumed by harmful emotions, including:

  • Despair
  • Worthlessness
  • Hopelessness
  • Self-loathing
  • Intense sadness
  • Guilt and shame
  • Distrust
  • Disinterest
  • Pessimism

You might find it increasingly difficult to talk to people, causing problems at home and work. You might spend far longer sleeping than usual or develop insomnia. Your appetite and weight could increase or decline. Random aches, pains, headaches, fatigue, and tearfulness are also common depression symptoms.

As depression worsens, you might be unable to work or even care for yourself. Your speech and movements can slow down, thinking clearly becomes impossible, and you might isolate yourself from family and friends. Self-harm and thoughts of death can develop, with recent statistics showing that in the United States, suicide’s the 10th most common cause of death.

What’s caused my depression?

Distressing life events can often trigger depression. A failed relationship, family death, or job loss are common examples of depression triggers. Certain factors make you more vulnerable to developing depression, for example:

  • Having family members with mood disorders
  • Taking certain medications
  • Drug or alcohol misuse (including prescription drugs)
  • Chronic pain

The exact link between chronic pain and depression isn’t clear. Depression could be a symptom of the illness, or it could arise as a consequence of the pain and distress the condition causes.

Some types of depression relate to changes in hormone levels. For example, peri- and postpartum depression symptoms are likely due to significant changes in estrogen and progesterone when you’re pregnant. Seasonal affective disorder causes depression when you don’t get enough sunlight.

Studies show that people with depression typically lack vital chemicals called neurotransmitters in their brains. However, it’s not clear whether this causes depression, is a consequence of it, or some combination.

What help is available for depression?

Dr. Tubre specializes in helping patients overcome depression using talk therapy.

Approaches like cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) have proven helpful for many people, especially those with mild to moderate depression. If you have severe depression, Dr. Tubre might refer you to a trusted prescriber for antidepressant medication. This helps to restore neurotransmitter activity in your brain.

Call Tubre Psychological Services LLC for compassionate depression treatment, or request an appointment online today.